Father, 60, pulls stun gun on Egyptian exchange students at McDonald’s
‘Get the f**k out of here, you don’t deserve American food’: Father pulls a stun gun and knife on five Muslim Egyptian exchange students in a McDonald’s parking lot because he believed they ‘killed’ his Marine son who died in combat in Afghanistan
- John Jay Smith, 60, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly threatening a group of Egyptian exchange students in a McDonald’s parking lot in St Augustine, Florida
- Police say he yelled: ‘Get the f**k out of here, you don’t deserve American food’
- When Smith was placed in a squad car he reportedly claimed that his son was a Marine killed in Afghanistan, saying: ‘They killed my son’
- A police report indicates that he may have been intoxicated during the incident
- It also says he made the comments because he believed the men were Muslim
John Jay Smith, 60, has been charged with four felonies for threatening a group of Egyptian exchange students
A father unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade on five Egyptian exchange students outside of a Florida McDonald’s, threatening them with a knife and stun gun.
John Jay Smith, 60, was arrested in St Augustine on Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened the group of men he believed to be of Muslim or Middle Eastern descent with a switchblade and a stun gun.
He also reportedly yelled: ‘Get the f**k out of here, you don’t deserve American food.’
A police report indicates that the 60-year-old may have been intoxicated during the incident, and that his comments were religiously motivated.
Smith is facing two third-degree felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one first-degree felony charge of burglary with assault or battery and a third-degree felony charge of trespassing, according to the police report.
A spokesperson for the St John’s County Sheriff’s office said Smith may be also slapped with hate crime charges.
The incident occurred Wednesday in a McDonald’s parking lot in St Augustine, Florida, above
Smith reportedly yelled: ”Get the f**k out of here, you don’t deserve American food’ at the men
The five Egyptian exchange students between the ages of 19 and 23 told authorities that Smith confronted around 1.30am, asking: ‘Are you American boys?’
‘The truth is, we didn’t even look at him,’ victim Omar Abdelmoaty told the Washington Post.
‘We didn’t respond. We didn’t say anything.’
Smith then allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and began shouting at them to leave.
‘At this point we thought we were going to die,’ said Abdelmoaty, 23.
The men told Smith that they were leaving and headed over to their cars, at which point the 60-year-old allegedly grabbed a stun gun out of his truck to ‘make this quicker’, according to a sworn affidavit from 20-year-old Mohamed Galal.
Smith charged toward the men while pulling the stun gun’s trigger to ‘show us that his electric shocker is working,’ Abdelmoaty told police.
As one of the victims, Gasser Elkady, opened the back door to Galal’s sedan, Smith shoved the ‘zapper’ into the 19-year-old’s back.
Police say Smith then stuck his hand through the car window and attempted to use the stun gun on Elkady before reaching through the driver’s-side window and thrusting it in Galal’s face.
As he frantically tried to escape the situation Galal put the car in reverse and slammed his foot down on the gas pedal, accidentally hitting a pole before peeling out of the parking lot.
The men called 911 and deputies soon arrived on the scene to interview Smith, the victims and a restaurant employee.
In her official report deputy Kristin Pamies wrote: ‘John had the smell of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person and he was slurring his words.
‘John made spontaneous statements advising: ‘I am an American and the guys by the vehicles were making ruckus so I told them to get out of here and one of them pulled a gun and they left in a red vehicle.”
As Smith was placed in a squad car he reportedly kept muttering: ‘They killed my son,’ claiming that his son was a Marine killed in Afghanistan.
Smith is currently facing aggravated assault charges and could be charged with a hate crime
When Abdelmoaty spoke to the Post the morning after the incident he said that he and his friends are ‘in a state of fear’ that’s made it difficult just to go out in public.
He said the men had never experienced anything like Wednesday’s attack in the seven to 10 months that they’ve been living in the US.
‘This is the land of the free, so we didn’t think one day that we would encounter something like this,’ he said.
‘We didn’t do anything to anybody. We’re just students. The basic idea that he charged us and attacked us for this, for our religion, for our home country and background, it’s kind of scary. In the first place, we’re just human beings — names and descriptions came afterward.’
‘We don’t hate him for what he did,’ he said. ‘We’re just sad.’
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